JAKK Tuesdays faces court injunction for non-compliance of COVID-19 rules

A chair at the entrance of Jakk Tuesdays mocking the health unit's efforts to impose COVID-19 vaccine certificates. Global News

A Kingston restaurant that has continuously shirked COVID-19 regulations has been served with a court injunction, according to Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health (KFL&A) Public Health.

This is a result of continued non-compliance with a Section 22 order issued to JAKK Tuesdays last week, instructing the restaurant to follow public health guidelines or close.

Wednesday, Dr. Piotr Oglaza said public health inspectors had been to visit JAKK’s several times over the intervening days, but the restaurant continued to operate while flouting the order.

Later that evening, KFL&A Public Health said it was successful in their application to the Superior Court for an injunction to uphold the requirements of their order.

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The matter is now before a provincial court. The health unit says anyone who disobeys a court order may be held in contempt of court, which could mean a fine or jail time.

Failure to comply with a public health order, which falls under the Health Protection and Promotion Act, can make a person liable for a fines of up to $5,000 a day if convicted. A corporation can be fined up to $25,000 a day for non-compliance.

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The City of Kingston would not comment on JAKK’s business licence suspension, saying their investigation is ongoing. The city did say businesses who operate without a licence could be subject to penalties under the Provincial Offences Act, but have yet to specify what kind of penalties.

The AGCO said a decision on JAKK’s liquor licence has been made by the Licence Appeal Tribunal, but did not say what the decision was. The Tribunal says it is working on a response to this question.

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Hale is expected to be one of the speakers at a “Fight for Freedom” rally this Sunday, which will bring people from Peterborough to Kingston’s City Hall around noon to protest against COVID-19 regulations.

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